Lonely Planet Writer

Dramatic rescue in Italian Dolomites after tree falls on cable car

Val Gardena.
Val Gardena. Image by Pietro Zanarini / CC BY 2.0

Around 200 skiers were stranded in cable cars in the Italian Dolomites resort of Val Gardena after strong winds brought a huge tree down onto the cable, threatening to snap it. A dramatic rescue operation swung into action, with mountain rescue experts and firefighters lowered from helicopters onto the roofs of the 20 affected cabins and terrified skiers evacuated using ropes. The rescue was successful and no one was seriously injured. Read more:thelocal.it